Yengo National Park

Overview

Take in the spectacular views, immerse yourself in World Heritage-listed wilderness, and visit Aboriginal cultural heritage sites at Yengo National Park.

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Yengo National Park is a rugged landscape of steep gorges and rocky ridges, just waiting to be explored by 4WD, car, mountain bike or foot. And it’s all less than two hours drive from Sydney or Newcastle.

Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Yengo has spectacular views, remote wilderness and unique Aboriginal cultural heritage. There’s an abundance of Aboriginal sacred sites and rock engravings to discover.

The historic, convict-built Old Great North Road in the south-east of the park is also a reminder of the park’s more recent colonial history.

Get off-road on 4WD trails or grab a mountain bike and visit for the day. Experience the remoteness for yourself by visiting Finchley lookout or walking the Big Yango loop trail. Stay overnight at Big Yango House or enjoy the quiet of the bush by camping under the stars.


Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/yengo-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the Sydney and surrounds and North Coast regions
  • Yengo National Park is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    The Big Yango precinct of the park is within locked gates and requires a permit to enter.

    • Central Coast
      (02) 4320 4200
      Contact hours: Monday to Friday, hours vary.
    • Suites 36-38, 207 Albany Street North, Gosford NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4320 4299
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    • Bulga
      (02) 6574 5555
      Contact hours: 9.30am-4pm Tuesday to Thursday
    • 2156 Putty Road, Bulga NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6574 5274
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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Yengo National Park.

Getting there and parking

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    From Wisemans Ferry

    • Travel across the Hawkesbury River by ferry from Old Northern Road
    • After exiting the ferry turn left
    • Drive along Settlers Road to the historic town of St Albans
    • Follow Wollombi Road to Mogo campground and the southern precinct of the park

    From Cessnock

    • Follow Wollombi Road to Wollombi
    • Turn right into Great North Road near Wollombi Tavern
    • Turn left into Yango Creek Road
    • Continue onto Upper Yango Creek Road, then follow the signs on the Finchley track until you reach Finchley lookout. 

    Please note that the Big Yango precinct of the park is within locked gates and requires a permit to enter. Access is only for those staying overnight at Big Yango house, Blue Gums campground or Mountain Arm campground.

    Park entry points

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    Road quality

    • Unsealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • 4WD required in wet weather

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    There are no public transport options for Yengo National Park.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Yengo National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Try mountain bike-riding around the Mount Yengo loop trail.

    Spring

    Set up camp at either Blue Gums or Mountain Arm campground and enjoy the stunning spring wildflower display.

    Summer

    Great for 4WD touring, experience those amazing sunsets and spectacular views from Finchley lookout.

    Winter

    Make Big Yango House your base to explore the park, enjoy warm days on the veranda and chilly nights by the fireplace.

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit; it helps emergency services locate you, using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park, you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Wollombi (74 km)

    Nature abounds in and around Wollombi, in the Hunter Valley region. Nearby are national parks with great bushwalking trails and lookouts and ancient Aboriginal rock carvings.

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    Cessnock (76 km)

    Some of the finest wines in the world are created in the Hunter Valley and its towns, gourmet food is acclaimed and luxury, boutique accommodations are matched by the most beautiful natural scenery.

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    Newcastle (126 km)

    Newcastle is a harbour city surrounded by amazing surf beaches that are linked by a great coastal walk, the Bathers Way. The walk from Nobbys Beach to Merewether Beach takes about three hours and is a great way to explore the city.

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    Learn more

    Yengo National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    World Heritage wonders

    View of Mount Yengo , Mount Yengo loop trail, Yengo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Yengo National Park is one of the eight conservation areas that make up the massive Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Covering one million hectares, it was included in the World Heritage list in December 2000 for its remarkable geographic, botanic and cultural values. There are more than 90 different eucalypt species found here - some 13 per cent of all eucalypt species in the world.

    • Howes trail Drive through open forests along Howes trail, a must-do 4WD touring route in Yengo National Park.

    Remote wilderness to discover

    Finchley lookout, Yengo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Yengo offers a range of activities and options for all ages. Unsealed tracks through remote valleys provide opportunities to explore the park on mountain bike or by 4WD. For bushwalkers, there are many options to experience the rugged beauty of the park on foot, with both short walks and overnight walks. In the Big Yango precinct, there are even opportunities for horse riding adventures.

    • Big Yango loop trail Big Yango loop trail is a great activity for 4WD touring and mountain biking when staying at Blue Gums campground, Mountain Arm campground or Big Yango House in Yengo National Park.
    • Howes trail Drive through open forests along Howes trail, a must-do 4WD touring route in Yengo National Park.

    Ancient Aboriginal culture

    Howes trail, Yengo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Yengo National Park and the surrounding areas have been an important spiritual and cultural place for the Darkinjung and Wonnarua People for thousands of years. No wonder there are over 640 recorded Aboriginal cultural sites in the park and nearby areas. Creation stories recount that Biamie, the ancestral being, stepped off the flat top of Mount Yengo into the sky when he finished his creation. Today, Aboriginal stories and rock engravings connect us with the rich culture of this ancient land and its people.

    • Finchley cultural walk An astonishing wealth of ancient Aboriginal rock art, as well as great insights into Aboriginal history, draws visitors to the Finchley cultural walk.
    • Finchley lookout Finchley lookout offers spectacular views over this remote wilderness area and an insight into the Aboriginal cultural heritage of Yengo National Park.

    Amazing animal and birdlife

    Small flower on the Circuit Flat walking track, Yengo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Yengo is home to a great diversity of wildlife, including around 50 species of mammals such as wombats, wallaroos, koalas and gliding possums, and over 200 species of birds. Watch out for the gang gang, yellow-tailed and glossy black cockatoos gliding between the treetops, or see if you can spot a lyrebird darting across bush tracks. Look closely at the steep rugged cliff faces found in the park as you might catch a glimpse of the endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby.

    • Yango walking track Yango walking track in Yengo National Park takes hikers through pristine wilderness, including rainforest, and offers outstanding views.

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    What we're doing

    Yengo National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents.

    Yango walking track, Yengo National Park. Photo: John Spencer